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IL Deputy Governor Sol Flores, House Speaker Chris Welch, Sen. Karina Villa, Rep. Theresa Mah Pledge to Prioritize Ending Disparities For Older Adults of Color

CHICAGO, April 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- At the culmination of a first-ever virtual summit for nearly 700 Illinois influencers across Illinois, prominent elected officials vowed to do their part to bring about systematic changes to end disparities for older adults of color.

Here are the pledges given Tuesday during The Advancing Racial Equity in Aging Summit with AARP of Illinois, the Illinois Department on Aging, RRF Foundation for Aging, and community partners:

The commitments pledged by elected officials came after each were briefed on the findings of the Disrupt Disparities Initiative, a multi-year effort to create systemic policy changes on behalf of, and with, older adults of color in Illinois. The Disrupt Disparities Initiative is led by AARP of Illinois, Asian Americans Advancing Justice ? Chicago, the Chicago Urban League, and The Resurrection Project.

This week's summit was part of that initiative, with sessions that explored creating the systemic change needed to help Illinois' residents of color to live longer, healthier and more productive lives, the same as their white counterparts.

"It's never been more evident that systematic changes are needed to help Illinois' residents of color from falling behind, said Rosanna Márquez, AARP Illinois Volunteer State President. "AARP is proud to work in partnership with these passionate and impactful leaders to bring attention to the important issues for older adults and fight for these proven solutions."

To view a recording of the summit, visit: www.disruptdisparitiesIL.com


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